CEBU CITY – As proud as Terrence Romeo is of his stomping grounds in Cavite, the new darling of Philippine basketball shares that he feels right at home in Cebu – a place he can call his second home.
Unknown to many, the flamboyant guard who has captured the fancy of Filipino fans for his scoring exploits for Gilas Pilipinas, traces his roots to the Cebu town of Boljoon, his father’s hometown which he recently visited before his selection to the national team.
When approached for a short talk by Spin.ph, Romeo obliged and spoke in Bisaya, much to the surprise of the local sportswriters that attended the team’s practice session on Tuesday.
“Yung tatay ko taga-Boljoon 'yun. Tapos yung mama ko naman, from Surigao. Pero dun na ako lumaki sa Cavite. One year old pa lang ako, andun na ako. Pero sa bahay kasi, nagbi-Bisaya lang talaga ang parents ko, kaya natuto na rin ako,” shared the soft-spoken but deadly hardcourt assassin.
“Kaya nga sobrang at home ako dun sa FEU (Far Eastern University), halos lahat ng teammates ko dun Bisaya. Dun naman sa Big Chill (his former D-League team), palagi ko nakakausap sila Brian Heruela and Mar Villahermosa. Sila ang ka-tropa ko dun,” added Romeo.
The flashy two-guard of GlobalPort, though, shared that his time in the national team has been nothing short of a back-to-basics experience for him.
“Paglaro ko ng Gilas, sabi ko sa sarili ko na kailangan bumalik ako sa simula ng basketball. Kasi naglaro ako ng PBA na marami pa akong di alam eh. Maraming aspects sa basketball na di natuto sa akin,” said the former FEU King Tamaraw.
“Kay Coach Tab ko nalalaman na, 'Ah ganito pala,' so malaking adjustment sa akin. Pero andun ako sa process na willing ako matuto. Lahat ng sinasabi sa akin, pinipilit ko maka-adjust sa pinakamabilis na panahon,” added Romeo.